Leah Greenblatt
November 24, 2006 AT 05:00 AM EST

Shortbus

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
102 minutes
Limited Release Date
10/04/06
performer
Paul Dawson, PJ DeBoy, Sook-Yin Lee
director
John Cameron Mitchell
distributor
THINKFilm
author
John Cameron Mitchell
genre
Drama, Comedy

We gave it a B+

Shortbus is already infamous for its real on-screen sex scenes, but the Shortbus soundtrack that accompanies it gracefully avoids adult-film clichés. In place of the standard ”bow-chicka-bow-wow” porn horns, indie avatars like Yo La Tengo, Animal Collective, and the Ark provide new, previously released, and rare tracks — the Hidden Cameras’ undersung 2003 epic ”Boys of Melody” is a standout — while several cast members perform original numbers. The result is, believe it or not, lovely brunch music: balmy, melodic, and soothing.

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